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sorry not sorry: wolves' towns backs his support of eagles


los angeles – a philadelphia eagles fan since he was a boy, timberwolves center karl-anthony towns tweeted out support for his favorite team after sunday’s nfc championship game rout, and for plenty of vikings fans, it was too soon.the backlash was fierce and silly: boo him. trade him. worry about your defense. philadelphia 76ers big man joel embiid is your daddy.towns giggled when asked about such reaction and said he couldn’t lose either way on sunday. he is friends with tight end kyle rudolph and other vikings players and he has cheered for the eagles since the 2004 season in which they advanced to the super bowl even though he grew up in new jersey not far from where the jets and giants played.monday, he didn’t back down.“i don’t care,” he said of the reaction. “there’s a lot of hate o






wolves-portland game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and also had 12 rebounds as the wolves ended the trail blazers' six-game winning streak.by the numbers10-0 the wolves' record in their past 10 one-point games. it's the nba's longest such winning streak in one-point games in the past 20 years.49 shots for towns and andrew wiggins combined.0 assists for towns and wiggins combined.56-36 the wolves' edge in points in the paint.kent youngblood






wolves-portland game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and also had 12 rebounds as the wolves ended the trail blazers’ six-game winning streak.by the numbers10-0 the wolves’ record in their past 10 one-point games. it’s the nba’s longest such winning streak in one-point games in the past 20 years.49 shots for towns and andrew wiggins combined.0 assists for towns and wiggins combined.56-36 the wolves’ edge in points in the paint.kent youngblood






towns leads timberwolves in rout of pelicans


his first two games against the new orleans pelicans this season had been a bit frustrating for karl-anthony towns.well, to a point anyway. the wolves had won both games. but, mired in foul trouble in both games, he had been a relative nonfactor.not saturday.hitting threes, dunks and the boards at target center, towns had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the wolves past the pelicans, 116-98, in wire-to wire fashion in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,978. and if the wolves led a 34-point third-quarter lead dwindle a bit late? nobody’s perfect.the victory ended a two-game losing streak for the wolves — who have not lost three straight so far — and put the wolves at 25-16 at the midpoint of the season. the wolves’ fourth straight home win came at the start of a high-profile five-game homesta






eagles fan kat on twitter backlash: "i don't care."


vikings470551683 wolves star and longtime eagles fan karl-anthony towns said he couldn't lose either way when his team met the vikings in the nfc title game. but some twitter follows didn't react kindly to his celebratory tweet post-game. shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase: order reprint january 22, 2018 — 1:32pm






nemanja bjelica is finding his rhythm


at the start of the fourth quarter of the wolves’ victory over new york friday, coach tom thibodeau went with a lineup of karl-anthony towns, gorgui dieng, jamal crawford, tyus jones and nemanja bjelica.one starter and four reserves. two big guys, but an entire lineup capable of hitting a three-pointer, especially towns, crawford and bjelica, who was asked to play the small forward in that lineup.the result: towns fed bjelica for a three-pointer to start the quarter. minutes later towns hit bjelica cutting to the basket for a layup. shortly after that towns hit a three-pointer of his own. then, with 8:19 left in the game, towns fed bjelica for another three, putting the wolves – who started the quarter up one – up 11. before thibodeau started putting his starters back in the game at mid-qu






hartman: towns, wolves keep improving together


the timberwolves’ recent four-game slide has all but removed them from the playoff chase — they trail the denver nuggets by 5½ games for the eighth playoff spot with 12 to go — there is no question part of the wolves’ drastically improved play after the all-star break can be attributed to second-year center karl-anthony towns’ stellar all-around play.while the wolves had another tough loss to san antonio on tuesday, falling 100-93 in a game they could have won, towns was once again the exceptional player on the court and one of the key reasons the wolves were in the contest. he finished with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, and 14 rebounds.it was just another in a long line of amazing performances by him this year.in the long history of the nba, only one player at the age of 21






hartman: towns, wolves keep improving together


the timberwolves’ recent four-game slide has all but removed them from the playoff chase — they trail the denver nuggets by five games for the eighth playoff spot with 12 to go — there is no question part of the wolves’ drastically improved play after the all-star break can be attributed to second-year center karl-anthony towns’ stellar all-around play.while the wolves had another tough loss to san antonio on tuesday, falling 100-93 in a game they could have won, towns was once again the exceptional player on the court and one of the key reasons the wolves were in the contest. he finished with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, and 14 rebounds.it was just another in a long line of amazing performances by him this year.in the long history of the nba, only one player at the age of 2






karl-anthony towns, wolves keep improving together


the timberwolves' recent four-game slide has all but removed them from the playoff chase — they trail the denver nuggets by 5½ games for the eighth playoff spot with 12 to go — there is no question part of the wolves' drastically improved play after the all-star break can be attributed to second-year center karl-anthony towns' stellar all-around play.while the wolves had another tough loss to san antonio on tuesday, falling 100-93 in a game they could have won, towns was once again the exceptional player on the court and one of the key reasons the wolves were in the contest. he finished with 25 points, including 15 in the second half, and 14 rebounds.it was just another in a long line of amazing performances by him this year.in the long history of the nba, only one player at the age of 21






towns gives back to charity on thanksgiving


timberwolves center karl-anthony towns spent thanksgiving afternoon at the house of charity in minneapolis, serving free meals.“it was a good thanksgiving,” towns said. “i had my family there, so it was fun.”towns also gave $10,000 to the house of charity, in addition to his time. and it’s something he’s been thinking about for a while. towns did similar work during his year at the university of kentucky.“i’ve been wanting to do it for a while,” he said. “i was just trying to find the right timing, especially with our schedule.”last year, for example, the wolves were on a three-game road trip thanksgiving week.“we started planning it way back in the preseason, when training camp started,” towns said. “i’m glad it turned out really well …. just seeing the people’s respect for you, to see th






towns and wolves teammates ready for training camp


wolves446960113 wolves players karl-anthony towns, jimmy butler, taj gibson, jeff teague, nemanja bjelica and tyus jones talk friday at media day shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase:order reprint september 24, 2017 — 7:35am






wolves-clippers recap - startribune.com


game recapimpact player karl-anthony towns, wolvesthe 21 points look good but don’t stand out, and the 12 rebounds are fairly typical. those four blocks made this a different game for towns.by the numbers5 wolves who scored 16 points or more, all five starters. jamal crawford’s 11 made it six wolves in double figures.8 assists and rebounds for jimmy butler, who missed only five shots.14 rebounds for taj gibson, for a 16-14 double-double.12 offensive rebounds for the clippers’ deandre jordan.






towns, wiggins combine for 81, but wolves lose in l.a.


wolves418784274 from the wolves' locker room after karl-anthony towns and andrew wiggins become the 13th teammates in nba history to score 40 points in a game, but team loses to lakers 110-109 on a three-pointer at the buzzer. shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase:order reprint april 10, 2017 — 1:15am






wolves lose home finale in final seconds to short-handed thunder


the timberwolves play in houston in the season finale wednesday night, with the goal of not going into the season on a six-game losing streak.no matter who the rockets play or don’t play, it won’t be easy.tuesday the thunder sat russell westbrook, taj gibson and andre roberson. and still, down the stretch in a tight game, the wolves couldn’t get it done. victor oladipo’s jumper with 6.3 seconds left gave the thunder a 100-98 victory, put the wolves home record at 20-21.if the wolves lose in houston wednesday they will have lost 13 of their final 16 games. here are some final notes on the game:--karl-anthony towns surpassed kevin love to become the team’s all-time single-season scoring leader. with 26 points tonight towns has 2,033. he also has 986 rebounds, needing 14 to become the younges






if only the wolves closed earlier games like they're closing the season


by just about any measure the timberwolves’ progress can be gauged.their victory over washington monday was their third in four games. minnesota is 7-3 in its past 10 games, with the league’s second-best defensive rating and the best net rating over that stretch.but, after he had scored 39 points with 13 rebounds against washington, center karl-anthony towns said the best proof of improvement can be seen down the stretch of recent games.while winning three of four games, the wolves beat the los angeles clippers, the golden state warriors and washington, three elite playoff-bound teams.against the clippers, the wolves took a big lead into the fourth quarter and never let the clippers back in the game.in friday’s victory over the warriors, the wolves let a 14-point lead early in the fourth q






towns celebrates birthday by helping wolves end long losing streak to spurs


so, happy birthday.what do you give a guy who seemingly has everything? how ’bout a win against the san antonio spurs?“it was nice,” karl-anthony towns said. he was smiling, wearing a smart coat, a jaunty hat, about to go out and celebrate birthday no. 22 wednesday night. “i came in and told [coach tom thibodeau] we ain’t going to lose this one. and i made sure i went out there and kept my promise.”promise. after a 98-86 victory over san antonio in front of 18,987 at target center, the wolves (9-5) continue to show it.while getting their first victory over the spurs in 13 tries — towns, andrew wiggins and backup guard tyus jones had never done it before — the wolves showed depth, persistence and a good bit of defense down the stretch.the result was minnesota’s first victory over san antoni






so far, so good this offseason for the timberwolves


as with any blockbuster trade, the wolves' deal on thursday had immediate reactions — most of them leaning heavily toward favoring the wolves for getting jimmy butler and the no. 16 pick while questioning the bulls' haul of zach lavine, kris dunn and the no. 7 pick in return. but far more fascinating things have yet to play out.namely: what will butler's presence look like on the court? how will he mesh with karl-anthony towns and andrew wiggins? and what will happen next with the timberwolves as they approach free agency and try to fill out their roster with more upgrades?on the court, there should be little doubt that butler makes the wolves' starting five considerably better than it was. basketball has two advanced stats that are pretty useful in determining a player's individual impact






wolves-san antonio game recap - startribune.com


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveswhat a way to celebrate a birthday. he had game highs in points (26) and rebounds (16). he also blocked two shots, had two assists and reached both the 20-point and 10-rebound marks for the eighth time in 14 games.numbers1 times the wolves have won this season while scoring fewer than 100 points. the spurs are the only team to hold the wolves below 100 points this season, in the season opener and wednesday.5-1 the wolves’ record at home this season.12 the spurs’ winning streak vs. the wolves, one that was broken wednesday.kent youngblood






wolves squander late lead, lose to 76ers in ot


philadelphia star center joel embiid and leading rookie of the year candidate ben simmons made their season's only visit to target center and left triumphant with a 118-112 overtime victory over the timberwolves on tuesday night.embiid's counterpart, wolves big man karl-anthony towns, left claiming he was the one who let the game get away.embiid's two free throws with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter forced overtime and his three-pointer with 1:38 left in overtime provided the punctuation on a night when towns tried to match him punch for punch.leading by nine points with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the wolves were outscored 41-26 the rest of the game. that happened despite wolves star jimmy butler's virtuoso performance on both ends of the floor and towns' first career ga






wolves start post all-star break push with victory over dallas


for the record, karl-anthony towns wanted andrew wiggins to score 40 friday night against dallas at target center.it would have been a wolves franchise first, having a player hit 40 three games in a row. and, after wiggins opened the game with 16 points in the first 12 minutes, it seemed in reach.but there was a game to be won. and towns saw an opportunity. and so he finished what wiggins started.after scoring six points with five turnovers in the first half, towns scored 20 in the second, including 14 in the fourth quarter as the wolves downed the mavericks 97-84 in the first game out of the all star break for both teams.towns had 18 rebounds to go with his 26 points. wiggins scored 27, but turned into a playmaker late, with three assists down the stretch. it was enough to finish the game






shorthanded wolves rise to challenge, rally to defeat toronto


the news came down about an hour before game time. no jimmy butler saturday night. no jamal crawford.no problem.without butler and crawford, with center karl-anthony towns limited by foul trouble to zero points and one rebound in the first half, the wolves beat the toronto raptors 115-109. the wolves trailed by 11 in the first half. up 10 in the fourth, the wolves allowed the raptors to retake the lead with an 11-0 run.but, ultimately, the wolves (30-18) got it done, winning their ninth straight home game.towns finished with 22 points and nine rebounds. andrew wiggins had 29 points and five rebounds, two of them coming in the closing seconds.marcus georges-hunt scored 12 points, including four free throws down the stretch.it was enough to offset a great night by toronto guard kyle lowry (4






rubio dazzles as wolves trounce wizards


monday night at target center the wolves hosted one of the hottest teams in the nba. still, the wolves might have had the washington wizards right where they wanted ’em.namely, at the end of a very long, arduous road trip.ricky rubio got the wolves off to a blistering start. but because of old-fashioned grit —and perhaps a little fatigue on the part of the wizards — the lead held up in a 119-104 victory.rubio had 22 points and a franchise-record 19 assists. nine of those points and 10 of those assists came in the first quarter, when the wolves built a lead as large as 21 points.that lead was down to five — 102-97 — with 4:22 left in the game after john wall made one of two free throws.but karl-anthony towns hit a three-pointer, then two free throws and the lead was back to 10 with 3 minute






karl-anthony towns: medical marijuana an option for nba players


wolves center karl-anthony towns has a big stage and some weighty opinions. put the two together and it can be pretty thought-provoking.on wednesday, towns’ 22nd birthday, espn reported towns’ support for recent comments by former nba commissioner david stern, who said that, as more states legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana, the league should remove it from its list of banned substances.towns said he doesn’t smoke nor drink. he has never used marijuana. but he said he has seen the positive effect medicinal marijuana has had.“i thought it was something that needed to be said,’’ towns said wednesday after the team’s morning shootaround at target center. “because there is a bad stigma when it comes to marijuana. obviously, in the right context, in the right form, it’s been ben






rubio dazzles as wolves trounce wizards


normally, sitting on the bench with early fouls, karl-anthony towns would be frustrated. not monday. because he got a prime view of something amazing:ricky rubio.his play on a constant crescendo for weeks now, rubio exploded in monday’s 119-104 victory over washington at target center. he scored 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting. more impressive, rubio had a franchise-record 19 assists.it was a march of dimes that had towns riveted.“i’m just glad i was here to watch history, you know?’’ towns said. “be a part of it. i don’t know if, in my career, there will be another better time for me to be in foul trouble. i got a front-row seat to watch him throw those dimes. i mean, he almost singlehandedly won us this game tonight.’’well, almost. carlos gonzalez, star tribune wolves point guard ricky ru






towns, wolves stop 12-game slide vs. spurs with 98-86 win


minneapolis — happy birthday, karl-anthony towns.here's a brand-new win over the san antonio spurs.towns had 26 points and 16 rebounds for minnesota on the night he turned 22, and the timberwolves stopped a 12-game losing streak to the spurs with a 98-86 victory on wednesday."the food will taste better tonight, and the laughter will be even more," said towns, who vowed before the game in a conversation with coach tom thibodeau that the wolves would finally stop their slide against the spurs.jeff teague pitched in 16 points and six assists, and nemanja bjelica added 11 points off the bench as the timberwolves put together one of their most complete performances with their fewest points allowed this season."they're good. they're athletic. they're skilled, from top to bottom," said spurs star






towns leads the way in wolves' victory over clippers


the last time these two teams met, the timberwolves beat a clippers team missing its two superstars by a mere three points in los angeles in january.on wednesday, they met again with both chris paul and blake griffin healthy and ready for action and this time the wolves won running away 107-91 at target center.young star karl-anthony towns’ 29-point, 14-rebound night was his 18th consecutive 20-point game and his 100th career double-double – reached by halftime, no less – makes him the second-youngest player in nba history to do so.teammate andrew wiggins added 20 points because, despite shooting 5-for-17 from the field, he made all 10 free throws he attempted.deandre jordan led the clippers with a 20-point, 13-rebound performance while griffin scored 16 points and paul had seven points an






towns finishes 4 points out of all-nba teams


minneapolis — minnesota timberwolves center karl-anthony towns just missed out in the all-nba voting that was released on thursday.towns finished with 50 points in the voting by a select panel of media on the three teams. that was just four points fewer than third-team center deandre jordan. towns received the highest point total of any player not to make a team.towns averaged 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field for the wolves in his second season. but minnesota won just 31 games, only two more than they did during towns' rookie season, which no doubt played into his being passed over by other players.towns also did not play as well on defense as the three all-nba centers — anthony davis, rudy gobert and jordan.






with butler in fold, wolves ready to shop for free agents


bloomington, minn. — jimmy butler's formal introduction to minnesota was held at the mall of america, an appropriate location for the timberwolves and their prized new player.they'll be shopping for sidekicks starting this weekend, and butler will be part of the sales team."i'll be talking to a lot of really good players, much better than myself, i will tell you that, and get them here to join what we have," butler said. "i know that, with the support that i've already felt from this city, they're definitely going to love it. getting here, with this young core, winning these games, anybody's going to want to be a part of that. now it's all about getting the right fit."since point guard stephon marbury infamously complained of the harsh winters in forcing his exit nearly two decades ago, wh






with loss of lavine, big three has become big two for wolves


sacramento, calif. – when zach lavine’s season ended nearly a month ago, timberwolves coach tom thibodeau said his team could only overcome lavine’s absence collectively rather than individually.ten games later, you might ask: is two a collective?in those 10 games since the wolves’ three young stars became two, andrew wiggins and karl-anthony towns together have averaged nearly 60 points a game while shooting better than 56 percent from the field.no timberwolf has stepped up to match the kind of three-point shooting threat that lavine is, but together wiggins and towns efficiently have become the kind of two-man, scoring tag team that could rival golden state’s kevin durant and stephen curry, cleveland’s lebron james and kyrie irving, portland’s damian lillard and c.j. mccollum, toronto’s






with loss of lavine, big three has become big two for wolves


sacramento, calif. – when zach lavine's season ended nearly a month ago, timberwolves coach tom thibodeau said his team could only overcome lavine's absence collectively rather than individually.ten games later, you might ask: is two a collective?in those 10 games since the wolves' three young stars became two, andrew wiggins and karl-anthony towns together have averaged nearly 60 points a game while shooting better than 56 percent from the field.no timberwolf has stepped up to match the kind of three-point shooting threat that lavine is, but together wiggins and towns efficiently have become the kind of two-man, scoring tag team that could rival golden state's kevin durant and stephen curry, cleveland's lebron james and kyrie irving, portland's damian lillard and c.j. mccollum, toronto's






wolves at spurs tonight: manu ginobili gets the night off


the wolves tip off in san antonio tonight in their fourth and final late 8 p.m. saturday start against a spurs team that is resting veteran guard manu ginobili on the second night of back-to-back games.the wolves end a four-game trip that started last saturday at houston and took them west to sacramento and utah before they end it up back in texas tonight.the wolves are 2-1 so far on the trip and trail denver by three games for the west's eighth and final spot. both the nuggets and portland play tonight as well as all three teams are in the hunt for that playoff spot.they'll do so against a spurs team that is 41-13 -- second best in the nba to only golden state -- and 9-1 this season on the second night of back-to-backs.the wolves waited in san antonio last night while the spurs won in ove






wolves do enough work to end october a winner


miami – new jersey-raised with a baseball in his hand not far from yankee stadium, karl-anthony towns might not know yogi berra’s greatest quotations, but he apparently is well-versed in 12th-century french proverbs.the timberwolves’ 125-122 overtime victory over the miami heat on monday night proved both that it really ain’t never over until it’s over and basketball truly is 90 percent mental while the other half is physical.up by seven with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter and by seven again with 1:47 left in overtime, the wolves proved resilient when miami refused to go into the good night, holding off dion waiters’ enduring 33-point game to finish october with a 4-3 record.after having seemingly won the game more than once, the wolves needed point guard jeff teague’s two






wiggins' desperation three at the buzzer banks in to lead wolves past thunder 11


oklahoma city – andrew wiggins did not call glass.after the game was over, surrounded by reporters, taking all sorts of abuse from his teammates, wiggins admitted that much.“no,’’ wiggins said, smiling. “i did not.’’a few lockers down, karl-anthony towns laughed. “he called ‘game,’ ’’ towns said.it counted. wiggins’ final shot, a straightaway 30-foot dagger as time expired at chesapeake energy arena, went off the glass and in, giving the timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the oklahoma city thunder.it was a thrilling end to a game of runs, and it came just when it looked as if the thunder, down 13 as the fourth quarter began, was going to run the wolves off the court.with oklahoma city seemingly getting three points to the wolves’s every two, that wolves’ lead clicked down steadily. down,






wolves-brooklyn game recap


game recapimpact playerkarl-anthony towns, wolveshe had his ninth 30-point game of the season, out-dueling nets big man brook lopez by scoring 27 points with 13 rebounds.by the numbers12-11 the wolves' record in their past 23 games.2 wolves second-half turnovers, after seeing the nets score 15 points off nine first-half turnovers.4 wolves players with at least four ists.kent youngblood






wolves dominate kings, inch closer to playoff spot


sacramento, calif. – to reach the nba playoffs, the timberwolves must chase down three other teams before they worry about catching and surpassing denver for the western conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.now with 22 games remaining, the wolves stepped forward with monday night’s 102-88 victory over a sacramento team that also is trying to fight the good playoff fight, even after trading all-star center demarcus cousins last week.young stars andrew wiggins and karl-anthony towns stretched their streaks of 20-point outings by another game each. towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds, his third consecutive 25/15 games and the longest such streak since kevin love did so for the wolves four consecutive games midway through the 2013-14 season.the wolves trail denver by 2½ games and sacrame






wolves at jazz tonight: towns, wiggins were fantastic in february, but...


timberwolves teammates andrew wiggins and karl-anthony towns each scored 20 points or more in every game last month, but now that february has turned to march....is their combined nearly 60-point scoring average enough to get one of them the western conference's player of month.and if so, which one?wiggins averaged 28.8 points and 1.75 steals in february while towns averaged 28.4 points and 13.3 reboubnds.but remember the west is a conference in which oklahoma city's russell westbrook -- the nba's nightly triple-double machine -- plays.westbrook averaged a triple-double -- 33.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists.houston's james harden averaged 30.9 ppg, 10.4 apg and 7.9 rpg while new orleans' anthony davis averaged 29.5 points, 10 rpg and 2.64 blocks per game."the thing is, the better our






wolves dominate kings in 'double game' for playoff chase


sacramento, calif. – to reach the nba playoffs, the timberwolves must chase down three other teams before they worry about catching and surpassing denver for the western conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.now with 22 games remaining, the wolves stepped forward with monday night’s 102-88 victory over a sacramento team that also is trying to fight the good playoff fight, even after trading all-star center demarcus cousins last week.young stars andrew wiggins and karl-anthony towns stretched their streaks of 20-point outings by another game each. towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds, his third consecutive 25/15 games and the longest such streak since kevin love did so for the wolves four consecutive games midway through the 2013-14 season.the wolves trail denver by 2½ games and sacrame






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol